Iran's 4th National AIDS plan is being implemented in association with the United Nations and several international organizations, said an Iranian UN health official.
Fardad Doroudi, Iran's director at the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in an interview with Azerbaijan's Azer News that more than 16 international organizations and bodies are contributing to the implementation.
Doroudi also said that the plan aims to achieve 10 strategic goals, adding that the UN is helping with its implementation as well.
Doroudi added that medicine, diagnostic and laboratorial substances, as well as some equipment have been imported to the country by the UNAIDS. As part of creating awareness, a wide range of educational programs and projects are also being implemented.
UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations family. The international program brings together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response to help the world prevent new HIV infections. It also aims to help people living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
The 10 strategic goals of UNAIDS are:
- Reducing sexual transmission
- Preventing HIV among drug users
- Eliminating new HIV infections among children
- 15 million accessing treatment
- Avoiding TB deaths
- Closing the resource gap
- Eliminating gender inequalities
- Eliminating stigma and discrimination
- Eliminating travel restrictions
- Strengthening HIV integration